I had always believed that my numerical weight was also a measure of my professional dignity, my diligence and my self-control. I’d struggled with my weight since early childhood and had landed my first senior cantorial position immediately after having lost 40 pounds. That was back in 1976.
I assumed that losing weight and gaining a pulpit were connected.
Since I thought about my weight constantly, I figured that, despite my best intentions, my young daughters did, too.